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Oct. 25, 2023

PINE BLUFF — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center will again host its annual Wetlands and Wildlife Festival from noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 28. This family-friendly celebration of conservation is a great way to enjoy an afternoon with family and friends learning about all the outdoors has to offer.

This celebration of the outdoors is one of the center’s largest events. Jason Hooks, nature center director for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, says the lineup this year looks to be better than ever, with new vendors and conservation partners on hand.

“We’ll have door prizes, including a $500 gift card to Hunters Refuge,” Hooks said. And we’ll have food trucks, hunting demos, all sorts of games and music for attendees. With it being Halloween weekend, you can bet we’ll have lots of candy for the kids to enjoy, too. The nature center and trails will be open for folks to explore while you’re here as well.”

Cathay Melvin, an Arkansas children's author, will be here to sell and sign copies of her book: Cypress Knees and Tupelo Trees. She will also do a book reading for the kids.

The Arkansas Hawking Association’s Kenley Money will demonstrate hunting with raptors.

“We even have KTPB, 98.1 ‘The Hog,’ doing a live broadcast from the event,” Hooks said. “Randy Turner and his shed hunting K9’s will also be at the event to do a demonstration. This hunting demo with the dogs has proven to be a favorite with the crowd.”

The event is sponsored by Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Dew Drop Auto Parts and Repair, and many more Jefferson County and Pine Bluff  businesses.

 Visit or check out the center’s Facebook page for more details.